Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

A Propaganda Model of Business School Behavior

This paper draws examples from strategic management, entrepreneurship, and marketing to indicate that business school academics engage in a range of behaviors that filter reality in ways that promote (or shield) corporate interests. A variation on Hermann and Chomsky?s propaganda model is used to explain the apparent self-censorship of business school academics. Five factors are identified that act to de-radicalize business school output, namely career path concerns, compensation, recruitment and endowment issues, advisory boards, and data sourcing. The implications and limitations of the model are then discussed.